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This amazing plant isn’t really a grass, but it looks like grass. (It’s a form of sedge) What makes this plant famous is the underground edible “nuts” (actually root tubers), a food source for ancient Egyptians and Arabs, now grown everywhere from Spain to California. Slightly sweet, nutty caramel-like flavor and texture. Soak before eating to soften. Very high in healthy fats and fatty acids similar to olives! The oil is actually very similar to olive oil. More nutritious than peanuts. Great source of healthy carbs for energy and also used as milk replacement. Considered a strong aphrodisiac. High in fiber so it helps constipation. Great for stress, fertility, liver, heart, stomach, menstrual, mouth, gums, ulcers. Used for breast lumps and cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, hernia, prostate, prolapsed colon, diuretic, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, anti-inflammatory, strong anti-oxidant, improve eyesight, digestion, promotes uterine contractions during childbirth. OK for diabetics. Considered an invasive weed because it takes over yards and gardens, even if one tuber is left in ground. Stems are triangular, distinctive flowers have clusters of flat, oval golden seeds, surrounded by 4 thin “leaf” spikes, 90 degrees from each other. Do not take while pregnant because it promotes uterine contractions.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz